It’s a much different picture in Saskatchewan this spring, compared to a year ago when it comes to wildfires.
A news conference was held in Prince Albert Wednesday, giving residents an opportunity to hear what officials are up against, so far, this year.
Dennis Truman is the Manager of the Provincial Fire Centre in Prince Albert. He says it’s been a consistent spring for fire officials.
“The west side has been a little drier, for the most part,” said Truman. “We’re down on fires from normal. Right now, there have been 76 wildfires burning to date. Well below the average of 156.”
Truman says the fire hazard ranges from low to moderate across the northern forest region. The hazard, Truman says varies greatly as you go south.
“Central was fairly high,” said Truman at the media scrum Wednesday. “The southern part of the province was extreme. That hazard reduces to low to moderate with the rains.”
Truman says the forest fires are being monitored through a series of 42 cameras throughout the province. There is aerial detection used as well.
According to Truman planes and helicopters check the forest for any potential signs of fire.